a piece of metal that covers all the knuckles of the hand, used as a weapon

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  • knuckle duster — Knuckle Knuc kle, n. [OE. knokel, knokil, AS. cuncel; akin to D. knokkel, OFries. knokele, knokle, G. kn[ o]chel, Sw. knoge, Dan. knokkel, G. knochen bone, and perh. to E. knock.] 1. The joint of a finger, particularly when made prominent by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knuckle-duster — knuckle dusters also knuckleduster N COUNT A knuckle duster is a piece of metal that is designed to be worn on the back of a person s hand as a weapon, so that if they hit someone they will hurt them badly. [mainly BRIT] (in AM, use brass… …   English dictionary

  • knuckle-duster — ☆ knuckle duster [nuk′ ldus΄tər ] n. BRASS KNUCKLES …   English World dictionary

  • knuckle duster — knuckles knuc kles n. pl. a small metal weapon, worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand; called also {brass knuckles} and {knuckle duster}. Syn: brass knucks, knucks, brass knuckles, knuckle duster. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knuckle-duster — noun Date: 1858 knuckle 4 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • knuckle-duster — /nuk euhl dus teuhr/, n. See brass knuckles. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • knuckle duster — noun A weapon made of metal worn around the knuckles that strengthens the impact of a punch; brass knuckles. Syn: brass knuckles …   Wiktionary

  • knuckle duster — brass knuckles, type of metallic weapons worn on the hand to cause injury when punching …   English contemporary dictionary

  • knuckle-duster — noun (C) a metal covering for the backs of the fingers, used as a weapon …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • knuckle-duster — knuck·le dust·er …   English syllables

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